The US-based Association for Vascular Access (AVIA) started a campaign in 2006 to bring principles of vascular access device management to the bedside. The campaign used the acronym ISAVE: I Implement insertion care and maintenance bundles S Scrupulous hand hygiene A Always disinfect every needle-less connector V Vein Preservation E Ensure Patency AVIA now have a 1-page, freely downloadable guide for patients and families, using the same acronym: The Association encourages sharing and distribution of this resource in facilities, on social media platforms, with patients and families, provided it is not amended without their...
Red Cross Children's Hospital I graduated from Wits Medical School 40 years ago and completed my paediatric training at the Red Cross Children’s hospital and at UCT. As I celebrate the anniversary of my graduation I would also like to reflect on what I knew then about patient safety as opposed to what we know now. (more…)
South Africans sometimes imagine our country’s development to be far ahead of other African states but the truth is we have much to learn from our neighbours. (more…)
Many of us think of patient safety as a high priority for the health system but misconceptions about patient safety are common. We need to bridge the gap between the messages people hear and what the patient safety community understands. (more…)
Globally, 2 billion peripheral IV catheters (PIVCs) are placed each year. Most patients admitted to hospital for treatment require one. Surprisingly, 50% or more[1-4] have their PIVC removed because it stops working (becomes dislodged or occluded) or because of a complication, such as infiltration, phlebitis or infection. (more…)